Tissot PR516 Chronograph Mechanical & Quartz: Crafted for Long Distance Races

  • Feb, 22 2024
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Tissot announces the launch of its new PR516 collection, marking a new chapter in its watchmaking history. This collection, a reinterpretation of a highly appreciated model from 1970, features an updated vintage design. The range includes a mechanical chronograph model and three quartz variants, designed to capture the spirit of driving with a sporty design.

The Tissot PR516 collection boasts a dynamic and versatile design, ready to take pole position on a variety of occasions. Its tapered stainless-steel case combines robustness and style, with three counters for classic timing functionality, while the tachymeter and pulsometer on the bezel offers the ability to measure speed and heart rate for adrenaline filled activities. The positioning of the counters varies between the mechanical and quartz models, offering a distinction between the two. The bezel, indices, and baton hands, all coated with Super-LumiNova®, ensure enhanced visibility in all conditions.

The domed stainless-stell bracelet adds a touch of refinement. Equipped with a quick interchangeable system, the bracelet can suite both format attire and more casual styles. This collection, designed for those who define their path with confidence, is an ideal companion, whether in business meetings or on the fast-winding roads of life. 

Mechanical Mastery

The PR516 mechanical chronograph is a celebration of Tissot's high-end craftsmanship. It features a Swiss manual winding mechanical movement, a nod to the rich heritage of the watch and the collection it is directly inspired by. This new movement, specifically designed for this watch, underscores Tissot's ongoing innovation.

The 41mm diameter of the case gives the watch a distinct presence on the wrist, while the glassbox-style sapphire crystal elevates its appearance, giving it a high-end look. The open back offers a fascinating window into its mechanism, highlighting the complexity and meticulous construction. Once again, Tissot achieves a balance between accessibility and fine Swiss watchmaking.

Similar Body, Different Engine

Since good news never comes alone, the PR516 series also includes three quartz versions, offering the benefit of optimal precision. These models, with a design almost identical to the mechanical one, provide access to the Tissot heritage at more affordable prices. The case back of the watch features an engraved laurel wreath and a sport car's steering wheel with the number 516 at its center, symbolising the racing heritage associated with this collection. With a slightly reduced case diameter of 40mm, these versions are equipped with the Quartz G10.212 Powerdrive movement, synonymous with practicality and reliability.

A Long-Distance Race

Tissot sometimes redesigns models that have marked its history. The trajectory is clear: to draw inspiration from its rich archives, while continually reiventing itself. The PR5A6 collection is a perfect example of this approach, offering a contemporary tribute to a tiemless design. And as in a race, each new lap is an opportunity to improve and adapt to new challenges. For Tissot, the most important thing is not to drive the fastest but to have the skill to take the best turn. 

Through this collection, the Swiss watchmaker celebrates each person's unique race, with an updated design of a brand icon. This timepiece, a symbol of perserverance and ambition, is made to accompany you during the race, not just to celebrate after crossing the finish line.